Etta James ‎– At Last!

WaxTime ‎– 771824
Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, 180 gram



Direct Metal Mastering

All tracks recorded in Chicago, Illinois, between January and October 1960.
Except "You Know What I Mean" (unidentified rhythm section, recorded in California, probably 1958).

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 8436542012003
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Runout, laser etched): 771824 110308E1/E
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Runout, laser etched): 771824 110308E2/C
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Runout, laser etched, variant 1): 771824 110308E1/I
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Runout, laser etched, variant 1): 771824 110308E2/E

Other Versions (5 of 47) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
LP 4003, LP-4003 Etta James At Last!(LP, Album, Mono) Argo (6), Argo (6) LP 4003, LP-4003 US 1961 Sell This Version
DOS608H Etta James At Last!(LP, Album, RE, 180) DOL DOS608H Europe 2015 Sell This Version
CHD-9266 Etta James At Last!(CD, Album, RE, RP) Chess, MCA Records CHD-9266 US 1987 Sell This Version
DOLK7-926 Etta James At Last!(Cass, Album, RE, Unofficial) DOL DOLK7-926 US 2018 Sell This Version
DOL926HG Etta James At Last!(LP, Album, RE, 180) DOL DOL926HG Europe 2017 Sell This Version



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February 10, 2019
My newly opened Waxtime Records 180 gram Etta James At Last is awful. $25 down the drain..ouch. No amount of cleaning stopped it from deep pops and skipping. I looked up Waxtime and this is what i found: I just tried listening to my first "Wax Time Records" reissue of Albert King's 1962 debut album, "The Big Blues". The jacket and the sleeve are high quality, and the vinyl looked really nice when I inspected it under normal lighting. It's a nice and heavy, 180g record, and the label and spindle hole were also top-notch. However, all the trouble began when I got to track 5 and it skipped twice (very bad, jumpy skips). I pinpointed the skips and examined them under my hand-held microscope and saw lots of silvery specks all over it. This is a defect known as stitching - a mechanical defect, which is both visual and audible. The root cause is when the vinyl gets improperly unstuck from the form on the press.... In my case, though there are lots of silver dots, there was one particular glob that was interfering with my stylus, hence, the skips... Under 120X power, I gently pushed the material out of the grooves with the clean tip of a wooden toothpick. I could see the globule was 'mushy' and soft. I was able to push it out of the two adjacent groves easily. After I cleaned out the mass, I used my Record Doctor V vacuum record cleaner with a small mix of distilled water and 99% isopropyl alcohol and sucked out the residue. When I played the record back, it played beautifully with no more skips. This whole ordeal took me about 40 minutes (can't rush this process if you don't want to ruin an otherwise mint record) and it was well worth it, but what a hassle. I am not impressed with the quality controls in the press/release process at Wax Time, a record company out of Spain. Anyone else have similar quality issues with new reissues from Wax Time Records?